Does SoB play the right side? Healthy scratch most night in Colorado....
Shane O'Brien would be a really good 3rd pairing guy for the left side if Gillis smartens up and deals Edler and parts for a great return.
O'Brien is mean, gritty, has big attitude, and goes to the mat for his teammates when the bad guys are trying to bully. I loved it when he was here, if anyone decided to crash the crease and get into Luongo's head while he was on the ice, SOB was on them like a fat southerner on fried chicken. He was ultimately cut loose because Vigneault didn't like his attitude and couldn't break his personality to fit the mold of the tail-tucking Canucks. On the ice he's got decent mobility, he's big, strong, doesn't over-commit on offense (usually), and other than ocassionally hanging his partner out to dry when he goes for a big hit, he's pretty sound defensively. I'm not sure what it would take to pry him out of Colorado. But I think he's worth the $2M he is signed on at for 2 more seasons. The Avs have PLENTY of cap space available too.
I wonder if Colorado would do the following.....
1st round 2014
2nd round 2014
Some combination of the following:
Ballard, Corrado, Sauve, Raymond, Booth, Schroeder
1st overall - draft MacKinnon.
3rd round 2014
Hunwick or Zanon
If we are planning on giving Henrik a new deal to finish out his career, and Kesler is still signed for another 3 years, I think a deal in which we can land the chance to draft MacKinnon makes Schroeder expendable. We know Raymond is gone and he is worth throwing into any deal at this point since all we're giving away is the rights to talk to him before July 1st. I would hate to part with Corrado, but he's a young guy who has the upside to generate interest. Booth is a risk for any team, but if he's not hurt I think he fits in nicely in most team's top 6 and may be the type of player Colorado would look at. Ballard has upside still, he's a fast skater, he likes to hit (especially hip checks), and loves to jump up into the rush, he's just over priced for what he brings and a team that has a bit of cap space might take him. Sauve is a young, physical dman, he probably has the potential to be a 4-6 guy that brings some size and strength. With Hamhuis and Garrison here on the left side I think he's a guy that should be considered as trade bait if someone is interested.
The 3rd rounder would offset the loss of a 2nd round pick somewhat.
Taking back Hunwick or Zanon is meaningless as they are about to hit UFA. Hunwick is a poor man's Edler, he can move the puck and skate well, but he's defensively his gaffs eclipse Edler's, he's way cheaper though. Zanon is a great positional guy who blocks shots, but he's not a big body that brings a real physical presence.....think poor man's Hamhuis with better shot blocking and very little offensive ability. Unfortunately both of these guys shoot left, but depending on what they are wanting for salary one of them might make a good 7th man.